My son is a single parent. He is abusing his children, physically, emotionally, and verbally. As a child he was removed from my home for abusing his siblings, and placed in a residential treatment facility. The abuse has not stopped. He has at least one founded CPS case that I am aware of, and CPS involvement with the family is on-going. I have a good relationship with my grandchildren. They are comfortable with me and have confided that their father is mistreating them. I have spoken with caseworkers, yet am told very little. Recently I saw bruises on my youngest grandchild. She told me her father hurt her. I immediately called the child protective services hotline. To date, I do not know the result of the investigation, and the children remain with my son. I was told by CPS that I am not privy to any information.
Since the hotline call, my son has pulled away from the family and is not letting us see or speak with the children. Knowing his past and present abusive behavior, I fear for the safety of my grandchildren. Can I file for custody and have a chance of getting it?
If CPS intends to remove the children from the father's residence, you would be considered a resource. It is not uncommon for grandparents to seek custody of their grandchildren, under these circumstances. Good luck.
Sign up to receive a 5-part series of useful information and advice about child custody law.
Years licensed, work experience, educationLegal community recognition
Peer endorsements, associations, awardsLegal thought leadership
Publications, speaking engagementsDiscipline